Red tape reduction: New Brunswick receives C+ grade

Moncton, January 24, 2017 – The New Brunswick government is getting a C+ in the 2017 Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) annual red tape report card. The report card grades the provinces and territories on their commitment to red tape reduction and accountability. Released during Red Tape Awareness Week, it looks at measurement, public reporting and political leadership.

“We are encouraged by the New Brunswick government’s leadership in fighting red tape,” says CFIB’s director of provincial affairs Louis-Philippe Gauthier. “However, while government has adopted the Regulatory Accountability and Reporting Act, the baselines by which to set red tape targets remain to be established.”

Small business owners deal with all kinds or regulations daily, and have no objection to rules that are needed and administered fairly. But too much regulation or regulations that are poorly communicated and administered can quickly turn into something regressive and destructive: red tape.

Progress is being made, the government has begun to act on its intentions to identify and eliminate red tape with the project undertaken by Service New Brunswick to benchmark and review internal processes that hamper business productivity.

For more information, please contact Louis-Philippe Gauthier, Director of Provincial Affairs for New Brunswick, at        1-506 961-5706 or by email at

CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region, including 5,000 in New Brunswick.